Archive | Reliability


8:26 pm
February 8, 2016
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Calculate the True Cost of Unreliability

The economic impact on manufacturers that haven’t bought into the idea of failure-free operation is easy to determine and, more important, enormous. By Al Poling, CMRP Although experts have espoused the virtues of equipment reliability for decades, countless manufacturing operations still suffer significant and unnecessary downtime due to equipment failure. Apparently these manufacturers haven’t bought into […]


8:18 pm
August 6, 2015
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Ultrasound: Aural Intelligence

A recent three-day conference that connected ultrasound experts with maintenance professionals delivered some key points about this predictive technology. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor The ranks of those who use ultrasound for predictive-maintenance purposes are growing. The trend is evident on factory floors and at conferences devoted to the technology, such as UE Systems’ ( recent […]


5:27 am
April 1, 2015
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Are You Ready? Preparing For Reliability Improvement

Improvement initiatives backed by effective practices and policies can enhance profitability. Careful preparation is key, says this industry veteran. By Wayne Vaughn, CMRP, PCA Consulting It’s a fact of life across industry: Many organizations need to upgrade their basic maintenance practices. Even when good ones are in place—such as preventive and predictive programs, effective planning, scheduling […]


3:08 pm
January 13, 2015
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All in a Day’s Work

Two Schneider Electric facility engineers share their tips for ensuring the safety, efficiency and reliability of a site’s electrical system. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The infrastructure of a typical commercial or industrial facility is a complex network of electrical, electronic, process and control, automation and building-management systems. Some facilities include critical power and cooling […]


2:59 pm
January 13, 2015
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Viewpoint: A House Divided — Reliability or Cost Control?

By Jeff Dudley, Solomon Associates “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”—Abraham Lincoln “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.” —Leonardo da Vinci Who could have guessed that the words of these two historical giants might one day apply to the world of reliability? Incongruous as […]


7:29 pm
December 1, 2014
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A Contrarian View: What Being Proactive Really Means

By Heinz Bloch, P.E. A company I choose to call NTBO (“Not-To-Be-Offended”) will long remember a string of expensive pump failures that jeopardized the continuity of boiler feed water supplied to its power generation turbines. When all components were carefully measured, it was determined that the oil-slinger concentricity exceeded maximum allowable by a factor of […]


4:54 pm
December 1, 2014
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Speeding Up the Manufacturing Connection

Researchers say the Internet of Things may have its strongest influence on the manufacturing sector because of its heavy reliance on well-applied data. Getting up to speed is the challenge. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Manufacturing can be like professional sports in the way it churns out statistics. In both cases, the better those stats […]


11:23 am
December 1, 2014
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Reliability Trends Showcase

Mobile Reporting Software for Smart Watches Schneider Electric’s 2014 R2 version of its Wonderware SmartGlance mobile reporting software now supports smart watches. By making this critical data available on smart phones, tablets and wearables, SmartGlance software enables users to make rapid, effective decisions. If you own a smart watch, just download the Wonderware SmartGlance software […]